Impact of Insomnia Goes Beyond Sleep, Survey Shows

United States—A new survey shows that millions of Americans have trouble falling asleep or maintaining their sleep.

Prevalence of Chronic Insomnia

Some struggle more mightily than others: Specifically, some 12% of the respondents indicated that a doctor had diagnosed them with chronic insomnia, according to the survey conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), as reported by HealthDay.

Demographic Insights

To which group of people could the good sleep be lost? The survey found that men had a slightly higher propensity to be diagnosed with chronic insomnia compared to women; 13% and 11%, respectively. However, the respondents from the millennial generation noted the highest percentage (15%) of chronic insomnia diagnoses.

Just how severe is insomnia? Some of the signs of insomnia are; daytime tiredness or sleepiness; dissatisfaction with sleep; difficulty in focusing; that they feel sad, worried or easily angered; and that they lack energy or motivation.

“Is that chronic insomnia does not only affect how an individual sleeps at night but also how that individual feels or performs during the day” Dr. Eric olson. “Fortunately, there exist treatments for these individuals, and these treatments help improve both the health of the client and his/her quality of life in the event he/she has chronic insomnia.”

Health Risks Associated with Chronic Insomnia

Counseling experts reveal that chronic insomnia has negative effects on physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and it comes with higher risks of depression, anxiety, substance dependency and use of motor vehicles, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes.

The renowned treatment for chronic insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy that uses behavioral approaches like the use of wake promoting schedule and use of stimulus control, and thinking approaches like replacing fear provoking thoughts regarding sleep with less threatening thoughts. Six to eight sessions are usually required to complete the program, although some patients show improvement earlier.

“Cognitive behavioral therapy allows chronic insomnia patient to develop their highly individualized treatment plan for identifying the possible pathologies and finding long-term ways to address the cause of increased nighttime wakefulness,” shared Michael Nadorff, the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine president.

Seeking Help for Sleep Issues

If you have faced difficulty falling asleep or if you wake up frequently during the night, you should let your doctor know. Your doctor might recommend seeing a therapist or going to an AASM certified sleep facility, as reported by HealthDay.

A total of 2,006 adults across the US participated in an online survey that was conducted from May 16 to May 24. The level of sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

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